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Howdy, friends: I was away for a long holiday weekend, but now I’m back in the saddle and ready to ride on out. Lots of great news and views in the blogosphere–so I’ll let your fingers do the clicking while I catch up on my day job!
- First, Tenured Radical has a great post up (and a great comments thread) about the “culture” of campus drinking and the curious blindness or acceptance we adults have for the very real personal and financial consequences. We like to think it’s the under-25s, but it isn’t. I can attest to that–this weekend in Denver it was the annual Rocky Mountain showdown between in-state rivals, the University of Colorado and Baa Ram U. When we were out and about on Saturday night, it wasn’t just the under-25s making the 16th St. Mall Ride smell like a brewery. There were plenty of middle-aged people literally stumbling around town in their Buffs or Rams jerseys. (Sometimes even with their grade-school aged–or younger–kids! No joke. That kind of shocked me.) Pathological drinking doesn’t come from nowhere–and I’ve heard that local hospitals go on Red Alert in many college towns during Parents’ Weekend–not because the student drinking is any worse, but because a lot of parents drink themselves into stupors that require hospitalization!
- But, at least the more dedicated and experienced drinkers among us know how to be reasonably discreet. One thing I think that has changed about student drinking since I was in college is the sense of entitlement today’s students have not just to drink on campus or in their houses and dorms, but to behave as though the campus extends to wherever they happen to be, subjecting innocents to public drunkenness and really trashy behavior. I had the unfortunate experience of swimming in a rooftop pool Saturday afternoon at what I thought was a pretty swank hotel, when I found myself in the middle of some a$$holes’ beer commercial fantasy: Continue Reading »